History of Gods

If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests. If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them.

Baron Dโ€™Holbach, cited in Jonathan Miller. (2004). A Brief History of Disbelief [TV-Series].

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

4 thoughts on “History of Gods

  1. pinkagendist says:

    fingers crossed!


  2. Occam says:

    Baron D’Holbach seems to be saying that a triune, omnipotent mind (which, in addition, sacrificed and resurrected itself to redeem us) is something that a primitive person would employ as an explanation. I do not find this claim plausible. It seems more likely that we have one or more cognitive faculties that tend to produce theistic beliefs. Indeed, there is a considerable literature in cognitive science which confirms my claim over D’Holbach’s. Justin Barrett’s “Why Would Anyone Believe in God?” is a good book on the subject.


    • makagutu says:

      Occam, I disagree with you. I think Baron’s claim is plausible especially if you look at the Greek , Egyptian and Mayan conception of gods. You’ll find there is fear, ignorance at their creation and then deceit and all other human credulity have kept them going albeit in different names. I will look at Justin Barrett’s book in future and maybe adjust this claim to cover what I will have found out then. In as much as am not an expert in cognitive science, I think, we only have theistic beliefs not because we have a faculty that produce these beliefs but because most of us are exposed to different kinds of theism from a very young age.


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